26th August

It remains pretty quiet on the land with just a Redstart, a Whinchat and a handful of commoner migrants to be seen whilst overhead there were two Grey Wagtails, 185 Yellow Wagtails and four Tree Pipits of note.
The sea also remains very quiet in the hot and calm conditions with just one Arctic Skua seen during the afternoon along with a few Sandwich and Common Terns heading west. A juvenile Little Gull and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull were also feeding offshore.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The large population of Small Coppers continues to produce a few interesting variant forms with another var radiata and a var.extensa being found in the vegetation around the red/white gate.

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas  var.. extensa (top) and var. radiata (bottom)
The moth trap was quieter last night with the most unusual capture being a Scorched Carpet - only the 13th Observatory record. A Spruce Carpet and a Six-striped Rustic were also unusual species for us. A new Jersey Tiger spent most of the day in the Observatory garden and three Hummngbird Hawkmoths were also  seen.